Q&A with Alissa Stamatis 

Alissa Stamatis recen

Alissa Stamatis recently directed Circumference of a Squirrel for the Phoenix Underground. She is also a featured player in the Phoenix Mainstage production of David Mamet’s Boston Marriage — part of a mini Mamet Festival at the Phoenix that is also presenting the Beckmann Theatre’s inaugural production of Mamet’s American Buffalo. Boston Marriage opens Jan. 8. For tickets call 635-PLAY.
Q: What are you reading now? A: Boston Marriage, a play by David Mamet, and Selected Writings of Lady Gregory. Q: What do you like about the Indy arts scene? A: That it sometimes surprises me. Q: What don’t you like? A: That it’s difficult for many artists to make a living. Q: What inspires you? A: Collaboration. A group of people working towards a common goal or creation. Q: Drug of choice? A: Rehearsal. Q: Who’s your favorite politician? A: John Green, chair of Butler Theatre. He can talk anyone into anything, and he’s a terrific advocate for his students, his faculty and the Indy arts scene. Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do? A: Knowing when to stop doing it. Knowing when a scene is ready, and trusting that you can let it be. Q: Three people you’d love to have over for dinner? A: Shakespeare, Billy Joel and the Virgin Mary ... I have some questions for her. Q: Current favorite TV commercial? A: I love the “Can you hear me now?” guy. Who IS he? Q: Can love be pornographic? A: The expression of love can be very graphic, but I don’t like the term “pornographic” because it’s judgmental ... and it usually has the word “censorship” right behind it.

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